Post by maninasuitcase on Jun 15, 2019 11:54:38 GMT
Region 1 DVD
In 1984 Roger Moore goes to Cannon Films, then home to Charles Bronson and Chuck Norris, to make this crime thriller based on the 1970 novel of the same name by Sidney Sheldon. The film was made between 'Octopussy' and 'A 'View to a Kill' and clearly before Rog had that dreadful facelift he sported in his last Bond outing.
This movie was directed by Bryan Forbes who had made some very good films in his career but I think he was hard pushed to make a really memorable film with such a below par script that he himself had written. I winced at times when the cast uttered such corny lines of a dialogue especially Rod Steiger as the cardboard cut out cliché "bad cop". The token "good cop" is played by Elliot Gould if you are interested. The whole film has a low budget feel to it despite a lot of it being filmed on location in Chicago.
Wig watch: Steiger's rug is awful but he is joined in the film by David Hedison sporting his usual TJ Curly style. Hedison's looks pretty good compared to Steiger's. The non wig wearing main cast is completed by Anne Archer and Art Carney. Archer is easy on the eye.
The plot: Roger is a psychiatrist who becomes the prime suspect when one of his clients is murdered and then soon after his secretary is violently and brutally killed. The police have no other suspects so Rog employs a private detective to try and find out who is the killer and why are they targeting people close to him.
This being a Cannon Film it is a lot more brutal than Moore's James Bond films but I found it tame compared to any Bronson or Norris efforts of that era. It is a very so so effort but oddly enjoyable. I thought Rog was very good in the lead role and he helps ground the film with his down to earth performance.
I thought the ending was quality.
The pq on the DVD is really good indeed.